The 61st Anniversary of the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show, held January 22-24 in Orlando, FL was nothing short of spectacular with consistent foot traffic throughout the Orange County Convention Center. The three-day timetable was moved to a Wednesday-Friday schedule as opposed to the previous Thursday-Saturday timetable from previous years and that seemed to be well received by exhibitors and attendees helping them return to their facilities for a work weekend, return home for a family weekend, or enjoy an extended golf or vacation weekend in Orlando.

With more than 41,000 PGA Professionals, retailers and industry leaders from every U.S. state and 81 countries in attendance the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show saw exciting product introductions in every sector of the business, a five percent increase in PGA Professional attendance and unprecedented live television coverage by the Golf Channel to provide an insiders’ look for consumers. The top five countries (outside of U.S.) represented in attendance were Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany and Korea. The top five U.S. states represented in attendance were Florida, California, New York, Georgia and Massachusetts.

“The PGA Merchandise Show has become a global gathering place for every component of the golf industry. For one week each January it is the epicenter of the golf universe,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “In terms of business, I think the industry is in a good place right now, the best place we’ve been in for several years. The 2014 PGA Show has given us a sense of optimism and enthusiasm as we move ahead.”

first Time Exhibitors

Cart Buddy of Trophy Club, TX introduced a fresh idea that will take you down the path of style and comfort with a unique padded sleeve for hip restraints on golf car seats. Getting in and out of the golf car just got more comfortable as the cushioned sleeve easily secures over the hip restraint providing a more comfortable solution without bumping into a solid hip restraint. Installs easily in seconds and made of marine grade vinyl exterior with a waterproof inner liner, shock absorbing foam padding and made in the USA. For more information call 800-275-1847 or visit www.cart-buddy.com.

Classic Accessories of Kent, WA presented their highly popular Fairway FadeSafe Golf Car Enclosures, custom fit for Club Car, E-Z-GO & Yamaha golf cars. The FadeSafe solution-dyed fabric helps to prevent significant color fading and the enclosure offers full protection from all weather elements as it fits securely over the roof. Doors and windows open with the aid of Rip-N-Grip straps. Other features are the quick zip-off windshield which stores neatly in front pocket, comes with a 4-year limited warranty and is available in two colors, Light Khaki or Navy Blue. For more infor-

mation call 800-854-2315 or visit www.classicaccessories.com.

CYNWARK Corporation of The Woodlands, TX introduced the Personal Golf Fan, the first ever patented fan to fit in a golf car cup holder. Innovative engineering was key on this product as they were recognized at the PGA Show and presented with the prestigious “Pinnacle Award” at the 2013 PGA Inventor’s Spotlight Pavilion. With a high air flow for those hot summer days, golfers will appreciate the simplicity of the design and with a tasteful appearance, high efficiency ball bearing, long lasting brushless motor and a new chemistry lithium-ion battery will not lose charge over time. And with a run-time of 4-6.5 hours, it’s more than sufficient for a full day on the course. For more information call 1-888-938-6672 or visit www.PGFfan.com.

Golf Skate Caddy of Boca Raton, FL introduced an innovative and fun way to drive the course with the Golf Skate Caddy, a purpose-built, single person golf transport device. Gentler on the course and quieter than a traditional golf car it’s apparent that there is a “fun factor” to this product. High reviews are commonplace as users have compared this to “surfing the turf”. Essentially, the Golf Skate Caddy has fused the fun of a skateboard with a golfing purpose. It’s one of those rare products that will have you thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that.” The Golf Skate Caddy is powered by a 30ah lithium battery and able to carry a player, full pro bag, clubs and accessories with a mere 60-second learning curve. For more information call 561-316-8234 or visit www.golfskatecaddy.com.

Joe Pro Products of Bloomington, MN introduced Hot Seatz, a heated golf car seat cover. With a state-of-the-art lithium ion rechargeable battery, this seat cover delivers a light weight portable energy source with variable settings that can also be used in the summer. Keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer! They’re washable and water proof and make excellent tee gifts. For more information on this innovative product call 612-597-0647 or visit www.JoeProProducts.com.

Molor Products of Oswego, IL presented the Club Clamp and the Cart Clamp. The Club Clamp mounts easily and securely to the front roof supports of most golf cars and holds your most used club within easy reach while the Cart Clamp easily mounts to a front roof support, as well, and provides the ability to hold wallets, cell phones, gloves or any other item that you would typically try to stuff your pockets with. Convenience just got a lot easier! For more information call 630-375-5999 or visit www.molor.com.

HDK Vehicles displayed several popular vehicles including the Xpress Work model featuring several standard features including halogen headlights, LED turn & brake signals, onboard charger plus too many other features to list. Powered by an ADC motor and a programmable Curtis controller helps make this a versatile utility vehicle. For more information, visit www.hdkusa.com.

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SOME OF THE OTHER EXHIBITORS

Yamaha displayed several models including their well known gas-powered DRIVE® Golf Car featuring state of the art electronic fuel injection. At 357cc’s, producing 11.4 horsepower, it’s the industry’s most fuel efficient, with gas mileage that’s up to 30% better than their competition. It’s quiet, vibration free, and has low emissions. The Yamaha DRIVE® also features a HybriCore chassis that’s significantly lighter, but more than twice as strong as others. And the automotive-style dash is a nice touch utilizing 4 cup holders, a center storage area for wallets, cell phones, and personal items; six ball holders; six tee holders; and a big, easy-to-clean storage compartment on each side. For more information, call 866-747-4027 or visit www.yamahagolfcar.com.

Club Pro Products introduced what is certainly one of the top of the line enclosures, the Encompass Golf Car Enclosure. This enclosure revolutionizes the way we use our golf cars. Ease of installation and a seamless fit give it a “made-from-the-factory” appearance, rather than an after-thought like some of their competitors. A high-end appearance, unique styling, all weather performance and constructed to fit Club Car, Yamaha and E-Z-GO golf cars has already given the Encompass Enclosure the attention it deserves. For more information, call 800-467-2844 or visit www.golfcartsystems.com.

Flow-Rite displayed their line of Single Point Battery Watering systems and flip top watering caps for electric golf cars making battery maintenance easier than ever. Fill batteries faster, safer, and more reliably than ever before with the Pro-Fill On-Board Watering System! This system consists of automatic shut off valves interconnected with tubing that replace the existing vent caps. A quick coupling allows the system to be connected to a water supply. Once connected, water flows into each cell until it reaches the correct level. The entire process takes just 30 seconds per battery and will save time and money whether it’s an electric car enthusiast or a fleet of cars at the local golf course. For more information, call 616-583-1700 or visit www.flow-rite.com.

Star EV, a division of JH Global Services, displayed a soft launch of some impressive newcomers. The Roadster is a deluxe 4, 6 and 8 Passenger 48V Roadster style vehicle with AC motor, premium interior package, front hood trunk space and a 450A Curtis Controller. The Roadster will be available in Retro Orange, Passion Red and Yellow. And the ACcel is a deluxe 2 and 4 Passenger PTV 48V golf style vehicle with removable doors, glass windshield, windshield wiper, 2 trunk storage areas and a premium car-like interior – available in Sunset Orange, Gun Metal Gray, Passion Red, Pearl White and Champagne. There were some additional vehicles launched by Star EV. For more information call 1-877-818-8833 or visit www.starev.com.

Trojan Battery displayed their revamped line-up of highly regarded golf car batteries with the Traveler 8V and the Ranger 160 deep-cycle batteries. This new technology provides a longer life for electric fleet golf cars and longer range for electric and hybrid utility, hunting buggies and low-speed passenger vehicles. Amazingly, the Traveler 8V provides more than 40 percent longer life and the Ranger 160 delivers 35 percent more travel distance between recharges. The Traveler 8V and Ranger 160 deliver a new class of deep-cycle battery technology. Also on display was the popular Hydrolink single-point watering system which simplifies maintenance to water Trojan batteries. For more information, visit www.trojanbattery.com.

Stenten’s Golf Cart Accessories has always drawn crowds to their displays in past years and this year was no different at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show as they showed off many of their highly popular accessories from dash panels to lift kits to Suite Seats upholstery to Stenten’s new Flip Seat, it was almost endless with high quality accessories. And with Stenten’s, it doesn’t stop there. Started in 1986, they have become a leading supplier of golf car accessories in the industry, committed to providing the dealer with the highest quality and greatest selection of products. For more information call 1-800-541-8333 or visit www.stenten.com.

US Battery displayed the XC2™ deep cycle battery with “Diamond Plate Technology”. Lasting longer and providing improved charging profiles will save time and money and ultimate compatibility with the wide range of chargers used in the field. These are just some of the many benefits stemming from over two years of internal testing and coordinating with independent testing to ensure that XC2™ is working as promised. The results achieved with the XC2™ formulation are impressive and set new standards for deep cycle battery performance. For more information call 800-695-0945 or visit www.USBATTERY.com.

Club Car exhibited the all-new Club Car Café Express Beverage Unit, redesigned for more capacity and better merchandising. Powered by a 14 HP Subaru overhead cam engine with electronic fuel injection improves fuel efficiency by as much as 50 percent. It also has a filter-less oil system, an optional limited slip differential for improved traction, and a side fuel tank, featuring a new modern design with lightweight aluminum structure as well as increased versatility and capacity and improved user ergonomics and flexibility in food and beverage merchandising. The new optimized design improves beverage can capacity by 8%, and consumable ice capacity by an amazing 120%. For more information, visit www.clubcar.com.

Cart Logic displayed their unique line of custom seat covers that are carefully designed to fit each cart, providing a custom-fit look adding style and comfort. A new design added to their line-up is genuine Realtree camouflage which is perfect for the off-road hunting vehicle. All seat covers feature very convenient pockets for cell phones and valuables and are available with personalization with embroidery. The Cart Logic Cozi covers and blankets are constructed from the finest fleece and micro-fiber available. Some of the benefits are a custom mesh storage bag, superior durability, easy to care for & adds warmth in cold weather. For more information call (970) 390-2038 or visit www.cart-logic.com.

Bat Caddy displayed a remarkable electric golf caddy available with remote control and powered with your choice of a sealed lead acid or lithium battery. Constructed with a light-weight, durable aluminum frame makes maneuvering and functionality a breeze. Stop & go cruise control, USB port, battery charge indicator, on/off button, effective rear wheel drive with free-wheeling mode and adjustable handle height are just some of the many available features. For more information call 888-669-6740 or visit www.batcaddy.com.

E-Z-GO displayed the redesigned E-Z-GO FreedomTXT which serves dual purpose for the golf course and the neighborhood. Updating this model’s classic looks, the front cowl and body panels constructed with durable automotive-quality materials with an attractive painted finish resistant to scratches and fading. The new front bumper withstands repeated 5-mph impacts and the TXT’s steel-reinforced rear bumper is the strongest in the industry. Other numerous enhancements are totally redesigned dash compartments with larger cup holders and upgraded seating to aid with lower back support. For more information, visit www.ezgo.com.

Club Protector presented the highly popular patent-pending retractable enclosure available in a pull chain or motorized version. Simply pull a chain or flick a switch and they roll up in seconds. The enclosures are made of the finest outdoor awning fabric available, Sunbrella canvas with durable double-stitch sewing. When rolled up, all you see is smooth, wrinkle-free canvas and with the window vinyl rolled up under the canvas, protection from the sun provides longevity. Also introduced was the all-new patent pending lighted Glow Valance, which will certainly add that unique touch to your golf car. For more information call 800-338-8749 or visit www.clubprotector.com.

Wheelmate Products introduced a new line of wheels called the Casino Series. Eye catching doesn’t begin to describe their uniqueness. Available in either 10 or 13 inch diameter, this rim incorporates similar intrinsic characteristics from the widely familiar Casino Roulette wheel hence its name was derived. For more information contact Rick Bailey, Sales Manager at 800-821-6025 ext. 106 or visit www.mackinindustries.com/wm.

Go-Pro flexed their muscles with the “Jaws Flex Clamp” for their Go-Pro cameras. Strategically mounted to any structure of the golf car you can now video your 18 holes of golf. Available mounts are not only the flex Clamp but suction cup mounts, as well. Other accessories are curved and flat adhesive mounts, pole mounts and roll bar mounts. For more information, visit www.gopro.com.

FUTURE SHOWS

The 2014 PGA Fall Expo is scheduled for the week of August 18th, 2014 at The Venetian Hotel & Casino during Fashion Week on the famous Las Vegas Strip. The 62nd Annual 2015 PGA Merchandise Show is scheduled for January 21-23, in Orlando, FL. The 2015 Golf Industry Show will be held February 25-26, 2015 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.